Back in Chicago

We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe In 1966 Frieda, Leopold and Hans moved back to Chicago. This would be the final time they relocate and would spend their remaining years in Chicago. Gaby had... Continue Reading →

Living in America

It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Life in America ultimately did not turn out to be what Frieda and her family had hoped for. When they first arrived they were full of hope for the future. However, work was difficult to find,... Continue Reading →

Immigration

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe After nearly 10 years in Belgium, Frieda and her small family were still struggling. They heard of the wealth to be made in the North America and she and Leopold decided to uproot their family to try... Continue Reading →

Struggle to Survive Post-War

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The details of Frieda’s life are a little more sketchy in the years immediately following World War II. She escaped the POW camp and remained with the Polish POW she met, and who saved her life, Leopold. He had to travel throughout... Continue Reading →

The Kindness of POWs, War’s End

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe In the POW camp, one of the POWs Frieda met was a Russian artist, who painted her portrait, using the burlap from one of her skirts as a canvas. She can’t recall where he got his paint or... Continue Reading →

The Horror of War

It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him. - Johan Wolfgang von Goethe *WARNING* This post contains graphic details and may not be suitable for reading if you have a weak constitution. ————— Frieda was assigned by the SS to work... Continue Reading →

Pre-War Depression

A person hears only what they understand. - Johan Wolfgang von Goethe After the loss of her dear Robert and having her first son taken away from her, Frieda was inconsolable for a very long time. She drifted through life with no real purpose or motivation. During this time, a charismatic leader emerged in Germany -... Continue Reading →

Heartbreak

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. - Johan Wolfgang von Goethe Frieda’s life after meeting Robert was wonderful. It was the happiest she had ever been in her short life. Unfortunately this was not to last. His family was well-to-do, and hers were poor. He was... Continue Reading →

A Flapper in Love

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Frieda survived her school years and World War I,... Continue Reading →

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